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Have You Thought about Your Legacy?

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August is national Make a Will month! This is a great opportunity for you to think about what your legacy will be for your family and your favorite charitable organization.

Losing a loved one is always difficult. In the days, weeks, and months of grieving that follow a death, families and friends are left to figure out what the deceased wanted their legacy to be. A will is one way of recording your wishes and sparing your family the struggle of dealing with your estate during this deeply emotional time. National Make a Will month is also a good time to consider funeral arrangements and living wills. All of these things help make sure that your wishes are followed after your passing.

A will or other estate plan is also a great way to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives through a gift to Back Bay Mission! Your planned gifts to the Mission ensures that powerful ministries like housing rehabilitation, the Micah Day Center, and Bridges Out of Poverty can continue to serve the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. More than that, they make sure that we’ll be able to develop new ministries to meet the needs of our community.

There are many ways to leave your legacy at Back Bay Mission. A will is the most common way to make a planned gift, but there are also gifts that provide an income for you during your retirement, gifts that help you reduce or avoid income and estate taxes, and others. Our friends at United Church Funds and Planned Giving Marketing have helped us create a microsite where you can learn more about supporting Back Bay Mission through your legacy.

We hope you’ll take some time this month to consider how you will have a lasting impact on the world, on your community, and on the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Please consider making Back Bay Mission part of your legacy.

Support Back Bay Mission on Prime Day

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Amazon Prime Day begins at 8pm central time tonight (July 10) and runs all day tomorrow (July 11). If you’re a Prime member, this is a great opportunity to use your shopping to support Back Bay Mission! Do your Prime shopping through smile.amazon.com and select Back Bay Mission as your charity, and a portion of your purchase will help the poor and marginalized of the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

Thank you for your support!

Have You Doubled Your Gift?

By | Bridges Out of Poverty, Giving Opportunities, Sustainability Ministries

Did you read our recent post about the amazing work that the Micah Day Center is doing to help people find steady employment? If you did, you know some of what Back Bay Mission is doing to help the people we serve begin their journeys out of poverty and to self-sustainability. This is important work. And we want to do more.

This year, we’re raising $150,000 for three of our ministries that help people towards self-sustainability: Bridges Out of Poverty, community health initiatives, and our veterans support fund. You can read about those programs here.

And now is your chance to support these amazing ministries by having your gift doubled!

From June 1, 2017, until August 31, 2017, a generous donor is matching up to $10,000 in gifts to our client sustainability campaign. We’re well on our way there, but we can’t do it without you.

This is your chance to see your gift do twice the work to help people begin their journeys out of poverty. This is your chance to see your gift do twice the work to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives!

Head over to our campaign page to make your gift today!

Your Gift… Doubled

By | Bridges Out of Poverty, Giving Opportunities, Sustainability Ministries

You know Back Bay Mission as a place that meets the immediate needs of the poor and marginalized of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Over the last few years, we’ve been adding ministries that not only meet those immediate needs, but help people begin their journeys out of poverty.

And this summer, your gift to those programs could be worth twice as much.

In 2017, we’re raising $150,000 for three vital ministries: Bridges Out of Poverty, community health initiatives, and our veterans support fund.

Bridges out of Poverty helps people move out of poverty through an evidence-based curriculum that includes mentoring. A 16-week class helps participants create plans and strategies what will help them achieve their goals. During and after that class, participants receive mentoring from community members as well as ongoing support from Mission staff.

Community health initiatives help people be good stewards of their health. Through classes and activities, participants learn about common health problems and how to prevent them. Through case management, people with health problems are supported through their illness. Together, these initiatives address the barriers caused by poor health, make our community healthier, and position our neighbors for sustainability.

The veterans support fund gives immediate help to veterans who hit a bump on the road to self-sustainability. This fund helps veterans fix their cars, buy clothes for job interviews, and overcome other obstacles on the way to a better life.

A generous donor has offered to match up to $10,000 in gifts to these programs. Make your gift before August 31, 2017, and it could be matched.

I hope you’ll join us in supporting these powerful ministries. Go to our campaign page and make your gift today!

There’s Still Time to Give Through Birdies for Charity!

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The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic has been supporting charities on the Coast through Birdies for Charity since 2010. There’s still time to make your gift!

Will you join all the people who have given more than $9,600 to Back Bay Mission through Birdies for Charity?

You can make your gift to Back Bay Mission through Birdies for Charity through the end of the day on May 5, 2017.

The charities who have collected the most money by May 5, 2017, will receive ‘Bonus Bucks’. The charity with the most money collected will receive a match of up to $7,500. The charity with the second most will receive a match of up to $5,000. The charity with the third most will receive a match of up to $2,500.

Right now, Back Bay Mission is in fourth place! Make your gift now and Mission supporters might be matched up to $2,500!

Please make your gift today.

Entering the Guess the Birdies Contest? The Deadline Is Tonight!

By | Giving Opportunities

Last week, we told you about the Guess the Birdies contest through Birdies for Charity. A pledge to Back Bay Mission through Birdies for Charity is a great way to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives. It’s also a great way to see your gift make a bigger impact. And, of course, the Guess the Birdies contest is also a chance to win a prize from the Scarlet Pearl Resort.

This is just a friendly reminder that if you’re planning on entering the Guess the Birdies Contest, the deadline is tonight!

Make a Pledge through Birdies for Charity, and You Can Win, Too

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The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic is coming up soon. While we’ve been telling you about your chance to make a bigger impact through your pledge, you can also win a prize through Birdies for Charity!

Whether you make a pledge through Birdies for Charity or not, you can enter the Guess the Birdies contest (you do have to complete the form, though). If you correctly guess the number of birdies made this year, you could win a two night hotel stay, dinner for two at the Scarlet Grille, and a round of miniature golf for two at Lava Links, all compliments of the Scarlet Pearl Resort.

You must make your entry to the Guess the Birdies contest by midnight on March 30, 2017.

Birdies for Charity is a great opportunity to make a gift to Back Bay Mission, a chance to have that gift make a bigger impact, and a chance to win a two night stay with the Scarlet Pearl Resort. Make your pledge today!

Have You Made Your Birdies for Charity Pledge?

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Birdies for Charity is a great way to strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It’s also a great way to increase the impact of your gift!

When you make a pledge through the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Birdies for Charity website, you increase the Mission’s chances of receiving Birdies for Charity Bonus Bucks! The charity with the most money collected through Birdies for Charity on May 5, 2017, will see up to an additional $7,500! The charity with the second most, $5,000. The charity with the third most, $2,500.

Your gift to Back Bay Mission always makes a difference in the lives of the people on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Your gift through Birdies for Charity can make an even bigger difference!

Make your pledge today.

It’s Time for Birdies for Charity!

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Are you thinking about giving to Back Bay Mission and wanting to make your gift have more impact? Birdies for Charity is a great opportunity for you!

From now until midnight on May 5, 2017, you can make a pledge or gift through the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Pledges must be at least $0.03 per birdie. Your gift will be equal to your per-birdie pledge times the number of birdies made during the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. The Classic is expecting between 700 and 800 birdies to be made this year. In 2016, there were 678 birdies made. If you had pledged $0.03 per birdie in 2016, your gift would have been $20.34.

Gifts must be at least $10 and can be made directly on the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Birdies for Charity website.

Now, here’s the part where your impact can be greater. It we’re among the three top charities – based on the amount of money we’ve collected – as of midnight on May 5, 2017, Birdies for Charity will match your gift! The first place charity is matched 100% up to $7,500. The second place charity is matched 100% up to $5,000. The third place charity is matched 100% up to $2,500. Any gift will make a tremendous difference in the life of someone on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Any match will make an even bigger difference!

Strengthen neighborhoods, seek justice, and transform lives… make your pledge or gift today!

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